The U.S.-China Intellectual Property Exchange and Development Foundation (UCIPF) was announced recently with the mission “to facilitate cooperation between IP professionals of the world’s two largest economies.”
UCIPF was introduced at a Harvard Club dinner and fundraising auction on December 3, to which the foundation’s leadership contributed art and other items.
“UCIPF is a non-partisan, non-political non-profit,” UCIPF founder and CEO Demi Wang told IP CloseUp in a telephone interview. “We are planning four conferences in 2020, two in the U.S. and two in Asia. One will be held in Singapore in conjunction with INTA. In the U.S., UCIPF will be bringing Chinese companies to visit IP thought-leaders in Boston, New York and Washington.”
UCIPF board members include Randall R. Rader, former Chief Judge for the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) and Mark Cohen, China expert formerly with the USPTO and now a professor at UC Berkeley Law.
“With so many moving parts in Chinese policy changing so rapidly, and with the relationship between China and the US changing so rapidly, there will be a constant need for information and ways to present (companies’) technology and ideas,” Judge Rader said in a pre-recorded keynote for the dinner.
Ms. Wang, who was previously U.S. President of NTD Patent and Trademark Agency, a law firm whose main operations are located in Beijing and which has offices in Asia, Europe and the U.S., said that she has known Judge Rader since 2011 and regards him as a mentor. Ms. Wang, who headed NTD’s operations management in the U.S. and has worked in marketing and strategy, has been involved in IP rights for over 20 years, 15 in the United States.
Among UCIPF’s goals:
- A PLATFORM for US-China IP leaders to exchange visions, experience, challenges for now and future.
- A FORCE to impact IP rights to be responsible assets for our world.
- A FORUM to unite IP owners to protect, implement, commercialize innovations
Ms. Wang is pictured above with a member of the UCIPF board of directors, Richard H. Glanton, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ElectedFace, Inc. and formerly President of the Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation, a leading art collection and education institution.
Mr. Glanton told China Daily that UCIPF is “an informative exchange of information between U.S.-China IP asset owners to leverage business strategies to enhance IP asset value.”
Supporters listed on the UCIPF website include Unitalen; Fross Zelnick; Tarter, Krinsky & Drogin; China Intellectual Property and IPR Daily.